30 Day Book Challenge: Day 17

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 17: Favourite Quote From A Book

I have too many favourite quotes to list, so I’m going to cheat a bit and list my favourites from a book that I read recently and absolutely adored:

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive. As soon as he touched her, he wondered how he’d gone this long without doing it. He rubbed his thumb through her palm and up her fingers, and was aware of her every breath.”

“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”

I could keep going with the cute quotes all night… but I’ll stop here and then tell you that you should definitely read Eleanor & Park. Their relationship is absolutely adorable, and it gave me warm, fuzzy feelings and made my heart smile.

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What are some of your favourite quotes?
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14, 15 & 16

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

I was away for the majority of the weekend, and forgot to schedule the day 14 and 15 posts. Oops. So today you get to learn three new bookish things about me instead of the usual single answer!

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Day 14: Your Favourite Author(s) From Your Childhood

From my early childhood, I loved Robert Munsch, Eric Carle, and Dr. Seuss. I still remember how part of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? goes, and I’ve read my new copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go (which was a graduation gift from my parents) so many times this past year, so clearly they were pretty influential reads.

When I was a bit older, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and the Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke. I also really loved Roald Dahl’s books, and I’m so tempted to purchase the box set of his works since there are a few that I still haven’t read.

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Day 15: Your Five Favourite Characters Of All Time

This is going to be a difficult decision, since there are so many characters that I love (and love to hate) for so many different reasons. Can I do my twenty favourite characters instead? Asking me to choose my absolute favourite characters is like asking me to choose a favourite song or the three books I’d bring to a desert island: virtually impossible because the answer changes all the time. Here are five characters that I adore (in no particular order):

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
Hermione is such a real character, and I could relate to her in so many ways. I love that she’s a bookworm and that she loves learning, since it showed me that there are people out there who are just as passionate about these things as I am. She’s such a loyal, determined friend who is perfectly capable of facing danger standing up for herself. She’s such a great role model for young women, and I’m so thankful that J.K. Rowling created her.

Jeane Smith (Adorkable)
While some of her actions caused me to shake my head, Jeane is definitely an admirable character. An avid blogger, jumble sale shopper, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, she can easily be described as “quirky.” She’s not “secretly beautiful” and has a few wobbly bits, but she’s okay with that. She doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of her because she’s happy and confident in her own skin, and she shows that being a dork is awesome.

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices series)
Will is smart, sarcastic, snarky, and ridiculous. He comes across as arrogant and, at times, downright rude, but there’s a heartbreaking reason why he keeps people at arms length. If you are able to break through this snarky exterior, you’ll find a broken boy who is willing to do anything to protect you – even if it means giving up his life or the one he loves. Will also loves books, and completely understands what it’s like to lose yourself in a fictional world.

The Darkling (The Grisha series)
But, Erin, he’s evil, you say. And that may be true, but I love morally ambiguous characters because the distinction between “hero” and “villain” isn’t as clear-cut as we would like to think. The Darkling is power-hungry and manipulative, but his brief touches of humanity make me wonder if he feels that his actions and decisions are for the greater good. He’s done some horrible things that aren’t excusable or defensible by any means, but I hope that we’ll be able to understand why he did them – after all, he’s such a complex character that he has to have a motive aside from “well, I’m the bad guy, and this is what we do.”

Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
I loved being inside Charlie’s head, even though it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. He’s so open and honest with his thoughts, and would often say something completely profound that would resonate with me. My high school experience was similar to Charlie’s in many ways (though also drastically different), so at times it felt like I was the one writing the letters. Charlie’s journey from the naive, unnoticed wallflower to a more confident young man who has found love is both heartbreaking and beautiful, and I loved seeing how what he saw/read/felt/heard affected him as an individual.

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Day 16: Your Favourite Genre

I don’t really have a favourite genre, as it changes with my mood: contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, paranormal… I like them all!

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Who were your favourite authors when you were younger? Which fictional characters do you adore? And what genre is your favourite?
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ARC August: Update #2


It’s the end of the second week in August, which means it’s time for another ARC August update! I think I’ve been doing pretty well so far, even though my list hasn’t stopped growing yet. I’ve been updating the original post as I finish/add ARCs, and it can be found here.

So far, I have read the following ARCs. If you’re interested, you can click on the cover image to be taken to my review.

I’m currently 1/3 of the way through Cobweb Bride and plan on starting Entangled soon. They’re the last two ARCs from Netgalley that I have to read and review, which is really quite exciting – I’m slowly getting caught up, guys! : )

If you’re participating in ARC August, leave me a link to your update so that I can check out your progress.
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 13: Your Favourite Author

See that lovely man up there? That’s John Green, and he’s one of my favourite authors. He’s so eloquent and intelligent, and every time I come across something that he’s said, I get excited, inspired, and incredibly jealous that I didn’t come up with it myself. Between his books, Vlogbrothers videos, and involvement with charities like Project for Awesome and Kiva, John has inspired me to:
1) travel — both to discover the world and discover myself
2) be myself and be proud of it
3) continue learning about subjects that I’m interested in regardless of whether or not I’ll ever use it in life (thanks, Crash Course!)
4) decrease World Suck
5) become a better person
6) not forget to be awesome

John Green has helped restore my faith in the world and its inhabitants on many occasions, and I have so much respect for him. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Do you love John Green as much as I do? Who’s your favourite author?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 12

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 12: A Book You Used To Love But Don’t Anymore

Way back when, before I really got into YA novels and long before I started blogging, I went through a phase where I read all the mystery/true crime novels. Harlan Coben’s books were some of my favourites, and I especially enjoyed The Woods and the Myron Bolitar series. I still make it a habit to pick up his books as soon as they’re released, but I’ve recently found myself growing bored while reading them. There’s no element of surprise anymore, and I’m able to correctly identify the perpetrator and their motives almost immediately. I’m not sure if it’s because all of his plots follow a specific pattern or because I suddenly developed super sleuthing abilities overnight, but one thing’s for certain: I miss the way I felt when I first read these books.

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… this post always makes me want to sing the Gotye song, Somebody That I Used To Know. “Now you’re just some old book that I used to love.”

Anyways, are there any books that you used to love but aren’t that fond of anymore?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 11: A Book You Hated Really Didn’t Like


After seeing that one of the quotes on the front page was taken from Beyonce’s Halo, it’s easy to say that I didn’t have a great first impression of the book. I have nothing against her music (and, you know, she did just cut her hair to look like mine which is pretty fantastic) but if you’re going to pick a quote for the front of your book, you would think that you’d choose something other than “baby, I can see your halo / you know you’re my saving grace.” Yes, it has to do with angels, but… just no.

The characters were all incredibly shallow and unlikeable. When Bethany wasn’t telling you how much she loved and needed Xavier (who she had just met; yay for instalove) she was reminding you that she’s an unnaturally beautiful angel. Not that you really got to see her use any of her angel powers; aside from flying and occasionally healing people, she sat around, attended school, and pined over hot human boys. Her friends were only there to emphasize how flawless and beautiful Bethany is, and their conversations are the stereotypical sort that would cause this book to fail the Bechdel Test – which is kind of sad considering the fact that the author is female and was a teenager at the time she wrote this book.

As for the plot? Well, there is no plot. There’s over 500 pages of… nothing. Unless you count pages upon pages of pining over a brooding hot guy to be a plot, which I don’t. The dark forces that the synopsis mentions aren’t involved in the story at all until the very end of the book because (of course) there are two more books in the series and you’ve got to draw the story out somehow, right?

I honestly have no idea how I managed to finish reading Halo, but I disliked every minute of it. And yet I still pick up books based solely on their pretty covers…. I guess I’ll never learn.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 10

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 10: Favourite Classic Book

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are the first classic books that I read, so they have a special place in my heart. As a child, I was fascinated by the world of Wonderland, and desperately wanted to attend one of the Mad Hatter’s tea parties and meet the Cheshire Cat. These books show how strange and wonderful curiosity and imagination can be, and are fun, imaginative reads. Also, that leather bound edition is gorgeous, so I need to get myself a copy sometime soon!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 9: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

I love fantasy novels and had heard excellent reviews of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I was afraid that it would turn out to be too much like my experience with Lord of the Rings: I spent weeks wading through endless pages of description just to finish the books, which have been gathering dust on my bookshelf ever since.

The majority of my friends love the HBO adaptation of these novels, so I was very tempted to just watch the show. Of course, the bookish part of me argued that I can’t possibly watch the show without reading the books first, so I found myself on the couch holding this ~800 page work and wondering what on earth I had gotten myself into. I quickly found myself engaged in the plot, but it wasn’t until one of my favourite characters was killed off that I realized how invested in this series I had become – and just how much I was enjoying it. I read all five books in under two months, flew through all three seasons of the show… and now I’m stuck with the incredibly long wait for The Winds of Winter. Hurry up and write, Martin – I need to know what happens next!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 8

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 8: Most Overrated Book

One of my friends from high school lent me a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, claiming that it was one of the best books they’ve ever read. I was curious to see if it’d live up to all of the hype, so I decided to give it a try. Poor decision. I struggled to get through even the first few chapters, and somehow made it through the first 100 pages before finally allowing myself to quit and mark it as “dnf.”

I honestly don’t understand how this book managed to sell so many copies when it’s poorly written, has inconsistent characterization (though, really, the characters were nothing special to begin with), and has no depth whatsoever. And don’t even get me started on Christian Grey. Abuse, manipulation and stalking aren’t sexy or flattering; they’re creepy and should be seen as warning signs.

I feel the need to say that I have nothing against people who read/write erotica. It’s not my cup of tea, but I respect the fact that everyone has different preferences. From my (albeit limited) understanding though, this book isn’t an accurate portrayal of consensual BDSM relationships; it just romanticizes abusive relationships, and that shouldn’t be condoned.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

I know that I already did a Saturday Showcase post about this series… but it’s just so good! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much about the Chaos Walking series outside of the book blogging community – in fact, I had never even heard of Patrick Ness until a few months ago.

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and will leave a lingering impression.